This month in my newsletter I will be talking about Breast Lift. It is a common procedure at my practice so I thought I would give you a better understanding of this procedure: What it does, the techniques I use and what the recovery is like. Of course, if you are interested and would like to book an appointment with me to find out more about breast lift or any other procedure, feel free to phone on 011 875 1630
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What can breast lift do for you?
After pregnancy, weight loss, breastfeeding or the mere process of ageing, the breasts tend to lose volume and droop, the skin surrounding the breasts stretches and the breasts lose their shape. This is completely normal. Sagging (ptosis) causes breasts to get a flattened and elongated shape as well as the nipple/areola to point downward.
Through breast lift surgery – I can tighten the skin, improve the shape and firmness of your breasts and restore their proper position on the chest. If need be, I can also reduce the size of the areola and give your nipples a more youthful and pleasing position. Breast lift alone will not add any volume but if we feel it would be beneficial, I can insert an implant at the same time. The procedure will then be called: augmentation mastopexy.
Together during the first consultation we will discuss your wishes, I will examine your breasts while taking into account many factors such as the degree of sagging, your skin elasticity, your nipples’ position but also your breasts’ volume and symmetry.
Some of my patients wish to have an implant inserted as well as the breasts lifted in order to add some lost volume. It is up to you and we will discuss this option together.
My Breast Lift techniques
Regarding the technique I will use, it all depends on your breasts’ characteristics but also your desired outcome. The incisions vary according to various factors such as the amount of lifting but also the nipple repositioning, the elasticity of your skin and other factors that we will discuss together.
→Some of my breast lift patients have small breasts that do not show much sagging. This is when I choose to go for short-scar surgery, like the ‘doughnut’ or peri-areolar mastopexy where the incisions are circular, around the areola.
→When there is severe breast ptosis and a very large degree of lifting is required, I opt for a very common technique involving three incisions in the shape of an anchor.
This is the classical breast lift incision that goes around the areola with a vertical and a limited horizontal incision in the crease beneath the breast.
It roughly takes me 2 to 3 hours to complete breast lift surgery. After your surgery, you will wear a surgical bra over a small gauze bandage. A few days post op I will remove the gauze but you will still need the support from a post-surgical bra for a few weeks.
This non-wired support will assist with healing and the final result.
I usually advise my patients to take one to two weeks off work off after the surgery in order to allow for an optimal recovery. You will be sore and I recommend no heavy lifting or exercise for 6 weeks post op – this is just to ensure a satisfactory result.
The breasts reach their final shape and feel approximately three months after breast lift. But you need to know that aging and gravity that cause sagging can unfortunately not be avoided. It is a natural process that it part of ageing. For most of my patients, a breast lift is however a one-time procedure; but if another lift is necessary, the same incisions can usually be used.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
MBBCH (Wits), FCS Plast. Surg (CMSA)
PR. N0. 0304131
Life Fourways Hospital
Cedar Road & Cedar Avenue West
TEL: 011 875 1630
FAX: 011 875 1631
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WEBSITE – http://www.drserrurier.co.za